Officers from Operation Grange
investigating the disappearance of
Madeleine McCann have today issued a
further appeal for information.
During the course of their enquiries,
officers have identified a potential
linked series of twelve crimes which
occurred between 2004 and 2010, mostly
in low season, whereby a male intruder
has gained access to mainly holiday
villas occupied by UK families on
holiday in the Western Algarve.
In four cases between 2004 and 2006 the
man sexually assaulted 5 white girls,
aged between 7 and 10 years, whilst in
their beds. On one of these occasions,
he assaulted two girls in the same
Whilst not identical, there are many
similar aspects to each of the incidents
in that in most cases there were no
signs of forced entry to the property,
nothing was taken, and the intruder
appeared in the early hours of the
morning between 02.00hrs and 05.00hrs.
The suspect may have been in the villa
or looking round the villa for some time
before committing the offences or being
disturbed either by a parent, or the
child waking up.
He remained calm, even when disturbed.
On two occasions the noise of a bin
collection lorry could be heard nearby.
Of the twelve offences, there were four
in Carvoeiro, six in the Vale da Parra ,
Praia da Gale district and two in Praia
Witnesses describe the man as having
dark (as in tanned) skin with short dark
unkempt hair. He spoke in English with a
foreign accent, his voice was described
as slow, or possibly slurred.
He was sometimes bare chested, some
describe him as having a pot belly, and
three victims said that he had a
On two occasions in Vale de Parra and
Praia da Gale he was wearing a
distinctive burgundy long sleeve top, on
one of those occasions it was described
as having a white circle on the back.
DCI Andy Redwood, the senior
investigating officer said today,
“We need to establish the identity of
“These offences are very serious and no
one has been charged in connection with
them. We also need to eliminate this man
from our enquiries and ascertain whether
these offences are linked to Madeleine’s
“If you have been a victim of a similar
crime please come forward even if you
reported the incident to police in
Portugal, or anywhere else, please do
not assume we have been made aware of it
“While some of these offences have been
in the public domain before, following
our appeal in October three more were
reported to us as a direct result of
that appeal. One of those reports we
believe is the first in the potential
“Please call us on 0800 0961011 if you
are within the UK. The number for non-UK
residents is +44 207 1580 126.
Alternatively if you do not want to
speak to us directly you can contact
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
“Our appeal last year was very
successful and we had over 5,000 calls
which generated new information for us
and which we continue to investigate.
“We still need to establish the identity
of a man seen by three witnesses,
carrying a child fitting Madeleine's
description towards the beach or town
areas at about 2200 on the night
Madeleine disappeared. The witnesses
have described the man in the e-fits as
being white, aged in his 30s, with short
brown hair, of medium build, medium
height and clean shaven.
"The Metropolitan Police Service
continues to offer a reward of up to
£20,000 for information leading to the
identification, arrest and prosecution
of the person(s) responsible for the
abduction of Madeleine McCann from Praia
da Luz, Portugal on 3 May 2007. "